Orelle B. Barrett, 90, of Traverse City, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at Medilodge GTC. Orelle was born on Feb. 2, 1929 in Lansing to the late Hugh and Dorothy (Marx) Rudd.
She graduated from Sexton High School in Lansing.
She married the love of her life, Don Barrett, in 1948. He preceded her in death on March 24, 2015.
In 1949 the young couple purchased Jim's and renamed it Don's Auto Trim. They settled down in East Lansing and raised a family. In 1983 they opened Barrett's Auto and Marine Trim in Traverse City. They closed the Lansing store in 1986. Orelle also was an agent for Real Estate One.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City.
Orelle loved spending her summers at Dorsey's Park on Little Glen Lake.
Orelle is survived by two sons, Paul (Mary) Barrett and Todd Barrett; and a daughter, Beth Tisdale. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jessica, Tyler and Damian.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Don, Dick and Lowell; as well as a sister, Marjorie.
A memorial service honoring Orelle, will take place at 3 p.m., with visitation starting at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. Pastor Paul Busekist will officiate.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter, 921 W. 11th St. Suite #1W, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Orelle's family at her tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on December 1, 2019